Benefits, Payroll and Retirement
Find information about your King County employee benefits, payroll, and retirement.
King County provides comprehensive benefits and services to eligible employees, retirees, and their dependents through strategic planning, negotiation, and implementation of benefit programs. Benefits, Payroll and Retirement Operations is here to help you with your medical, vision, and dental plan options; life and disability insurance; medical and dependent care reimbursement accounts; leave programs; payroll; and retirement planning.
Submit claims to COVID-19 Child Care Reimbursement Program by Aug. 31
This temporary program provides $500 to $5,000 tax-free to those in the Regular Employee Benefits Group to reimburse them for child care provided during the 2020/2021 school year. The last day to submit claims for expenses incurred Sept. 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, is Aug. 31, 2021. To learn more, and see if you are eligible, go to COVID-19 child care reimbursement program.
Mandatory payroll tax begins in 2022 for state long-term care program
A new mandatory state wage tax begins January 2022 to fund the WA Cares Fund, a state long-term care insurance benefit. All employees will pay $0.58 per $100 of earnings through a payroll deduction. King County is required to collect the tax and remit to the Employment Security Department. If you purchase your own long-term care insurance prior to Nov. 1, 2021, you can apply for a permanent exemption to the WA Cares Fund and associated tax. To learn more, go to WA Cares Fund.
Educational benefits videos available
Learn more about your King County employee benefits and how they work by watching short videos on the Benefit Education page.